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#1 Howard509

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:43 PM

This Holy Week, as we commemorate the death of resurrection of Jesus, is a good time to remember the true significance of the Urantia Book as a revelation. Before reading the Urantia Book, I was unsure about the resurrection or the meaning of Jesus' death. After reading the vividly detailed accounts of Jesus' resurrection appearances in the Urantia Book, I came away with a stronger faith that Jesus is indeed risen than I may have ever had before. Before reading the Urantia Book, I had a hard time believing that Jesus died to appease the wrath of the angry God. Now I see that Jesus died for something much more meaningful, to reveal God's love for mankind.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience. -
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#2 Nelson G

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 10:21 PM

My interpretation of the Life and Teachings of Jesus in the Urantia Book is that Jesus lived in order to reveal God's love for mankind.
I think that if it were not for his enemies, he may have lived at least another 40 years or more.
Life often gives us our greatest gifts brilliantly disguised as our worst nightmares.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 01:06 PM

i was reading the urantia book's accounts of jesus' resurrection this morning, and it reminded me of why i believe it to be a revelation, as it makes jesus more real to me than anything i've seen before. whoever wrote the urantia book, it was obviously someone who loved jesus and wanted to share his life and teachings to a modern context.

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#4 Mary Holley

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:11 AM

Growing up from jump street I only saw God and Jesus as my friend and God as a loving Father in Heaven....and later when i was instructed on the Atonement Doctrine and how Jesus was sacrificed to appease an angry God...that I got angry and mentally that is when I left the church...Oh to my delight and confirmation when I read the words of the Urantia Book...such joy, such peace.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:26 AM

Hello Mary, all! :)



I also got angry when I began to realize that the life of Jesus could not be just what the Bible said, and neither had we.
I felt, from very small, it could not be possible that just entered the church, saw the spectacle of Jesus on the cross. I did not like, I was sad and wanted to go how would I be able to love Jesus?
At that time it was very sad in the church, I did not like going to church, but I was drawn to see everything, even the beautiful architecture.I did not like, I was sad and wanted to go, how would I be able to love Jesus?
So, as you say Mary, reading the Life and teachings of Jesus UB and discover his human and divine personality,
filled me with great joy!
I thought, of course! Jesus' life was spent not on a cross!
But first, there was speculation much impressed with everything, with fear, with the negative. instead of love, of reality, of joy. Jesus showed us. as distant and unattainable, almost unreal.
Jesus is joy, "be very happy" :D


(2090.4) 196:1.3 To “follow Jesus” means to personally share his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the Master’s life of unselfish service for man. One of the most important things in human living is to find out what Jesus believed, to discover his ideals, and to strive for the achievement of his exalted life purpose. Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.

(2090.5) 196:1.4 The common people heard Jesus gladly, and they will again respond to the presentation of his sincere human life of consecrated religious motivation if such truths shall again be proclaimed to the world. The people heard him gladly because he was one of them, an unpretentious layman; the world’s greatest religious teacher was indeed a layman.

(2091.1) 196:1.5 It should not be the aim of kingdom believers literally to imitate the outward life of Jesus in the flesh but rather to share his faith; to trust God as he trusted God and to believe in men as he believed in men. Jesus never argued about either the fatherhood of God or the brotherhood of men; he was a living illustration of the one and a profound demonstration of the other.



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Alina
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Edited by Alina, 27 March 2013 - 07:37 AM.


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:45 AM

And the question becomes: Is the fact of Jesus divinity more important to the human race than his life and teachings?
Life often gives us our greatest gifts brilliantly disguised as our worst nightmares.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

And the question becomes: Is the fact of Jesus divinity more important to the human race than his life and teachings?


Both Nelson, both because:

(1862.8) 170:3.11 By teaching that the kingdom is within, by exalting the individual, Jesus struck the deathblow of the old society in that he ushered in the new dispensation of true social righteousness. This new order of society the world has little known because it has refused to practice the principles of the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. And when this kingdom of spiritual pre-eminence does come upon the earth, it will not be manifested in mere improved social and material conditions, but rather in the glories of those enhanced and enriched spiritual values which are characteristic of the approaching age of improved human relations and advancing spiritual attainments.

Clearly it? :) without his divinity had not taught the new religion and proclaim that the kingdom is within us!



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Edited by Alina, 27 March 2013 - 01:55 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:00 PM

Jesus’ Teaching about the Kingdom



(1862.9) 170:4.1 Jesus never gave a precise definition of the kingdom. At one time he would discourse on one phase of the kingdom, and at another time he would discuss a different aspect of the brotherhood of God’s reign in the hearts of men. In the course of this Sabbath afternoon’s sermon Jesus noted no less than five phases, or epochs, of the kingdom, and they were:


1. The personal and inward experience of the spiritual life of the fellowship of the individual believer with God the Father.


2. The enlarging brotherhood of gospel believers, the social aspects of the enhanced morals and quickened ethics resulting from the reign of God’s spirit in the hearts of individual believers.


3. The supermortal brotherhood of invisible spiritual beings which prevails on earth and in heaven, the superhuman kingdom of God.


4. The prospect of the more perfect fulfillment of the will of God, the advance toward the dawn of a new social order in connection with improved spiritual living — the next age of man.


5. The kingdom in its fullness, the future spiritual age of light and life on earth.


(1863.5) 170:4.7 Wherefore must we always examine the Master’s teaching to ascertain which of these five phases he may have reference to when he makes use of the term kingdom of heaven. By this process of gradually changing man’s will and thus affecting human decisions, Michael and his associates are likewise gradually but certainly changing the entire course of human evolution, social and otherwise.

(1863.6) 170:4.8 The Master on this occasion placed emphasis on the following five points as representing the cardinal features of the gospel of the kingdom:


1. The pre-eminence of the individual.


2. The will as the determining factor in man’s experience.


3. Spiritual fellowship with God the Father.


4. The supreme satisfactions of the loving service of man.


5. The transcendency of the spiritual over the material in human personality.


(1863.12) 170:4.14 This world has never seriously or sincerely or honestly tried out these dynamic ideas and divine ideals of Jesus’ doctrine of the kingdom of heaven. But you should not become discouraged by the apparently slow progress of the kingdom idea on Urantia. Remember that the order of progressive evolution is subjected to sudden and unexpected periodical changes in both the material and the spiritual worlds. The bestowal of Jesus as an incarnated Son was just such a strange and unexpected event in the spiritual life of the world. Neither make the fatal mistake, in looking for the age manifestation of the kingdom, of failing to effect its establishment within your own souls.

(1863.13) 170:4.15 Although Jesus referred one phase of the kingdom to the future and did, on numerous occasions, intimate that such an event might appear as a part of a world crisis; and though he did likewise most certainly, on several occasions, definitely promise sometime to return to Urantia, it should be recorded that he never positively linked these two ideas together. He promised a new revelation of the kingdom on earth and at some future time; he also promised sometime to come back to this world in person; but he did not say that these two events were synonymous. From all we know these promises may, or may not, refer to the same event.

(1863.14) 170:4.16 His apostles and disciples most certainly linked these two teachings together. When the kingdom failed to materialize as they had expected, recalling the Master’s teaching concerning a future kingdom and remembering his promise to come again, they jumped to the conclusion that these promises referred to an identical event; and therefore they lived in hope of his immediate second coming to establish the kingdom in its fullness and with power and glory. And so have successive believing generations lived on earth entertaining the same inspiring but disappointing hope.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:41 PM

And the question becomes: Is the fact of Jesus divinity more important to the human race than his life and teachings?



1 - (196:1.3) To "follow Jesus" means to personally share his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the Master's life of unselfish service for man. One of the most important things in human living is to find out what Jesus believed, to discover his ideals, and to strive for the achievement of his exalted life purpose. Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:36 PM

The Ordination Sermon


(1570.2) 140:3.1 Then Jesus spoke, saying: “Now that you are ambassadors of my Father’s kingdom, you have thereby become a class of men separate and distinct from all other men on earth. You are not now as men among men but as the enlightened citizens of another and heavenly country among the ignorant creatures of this dark world. It is not enough that you live as you were before this hour, but henceforth must you live as those who have tasted the glories of a better life and have been sent back to earth as ambassadors of the Sovereign of that new and better world. Of the teacher more is expected than of the pupil; of the master more is exacted than of the servant. Of the citizens of the heavenly kingdom more is required than of the citizens of the earthly rule. Some of the things which I am about to say to you may seem hard, but you have elected to represent me in the world even as I now represent the Father; and as my agents on earth you will be obligated to abide by those teachings and practices which are reflective of my ideals of mortal living on the worlds of space, and which I exemplify in my earth life of revealing the Father who is in heaven.

(1570.3) 140:3.2 “I send you forth to proclaim liberty to the spiritual captives, joy to those in the bondage of fear, and to heal the sick in accordance with the will of my Father in heaven. When you find my children in distress, speak encouragingly to them, saying:

“Happy are the poor in spirit, the humble, for theirs are the treasures of the kingdom of heaven.


Happy are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.


“Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.


“Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“And even so speak to my children these further words of spiritual comfort and promise:


“Happy are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Happy are they who weep, for they shall receive the spirit of rejoicing.


“Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.


“Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.


“Happy are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Happy are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.


(1570.13) 140:3.12 “My brethren, as I send you forth, you are the salt of the earth, salt with a saving savor. But if this salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.


(1570.14) 140:3.13“You are the light of the world. A city set upon a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and be led to glorify your Father who is in heaven.


(1571.1) 140:3.14I am sending you out into the world to represent me and to act as ambassadors of my Father’s kingdom, and as you go forth to proclaim the glad tidings, put your trust in the Father whose messengers you are. Do not forcibly resist injustice; put not your trust in the arm of the flesh. If your neighbor smites you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Be willing to suffer injustice rather than to go to law among yourselves. In kindness and with mercy minister to all who are in distress and in need.


(1571.2) 140:3.15 “I say to you: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you. And whatsoever you believe that I would do to men, do you also to them.

(1571.3) 140:3.16 “Your Father in heaven makes the sun to shine on the evil as well as upon the good; likewise he sends rain on the just and the unjust. You are the sons of God; even more, you are now the ambassadors of my Father’s kingdom. Be merciful, even as God is merciful, and in the eternal future of the kingdom you shall be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.

(1571.4) 140:3.17 “You are commissioned to save men, not to judge them. At the end of your earth life you will all expect mercy; therefore do I require of you during your mortal life that you show mercy to all of your brethren in the flesh. Make not the mistake of trying to pluck a mote out of your brother’s eye when there is a beam in your own eye. Having first cast the beam out of your own eye, you can the better see to cast the mote out of your brother’s eye.(1571.5)

(1571.5) 140:3.18“Discern the truth clearly; live the righteous life fearlessly; and so shall you be my apostles and my Father’s ambassadors. You have heard it said: ‘If the blind lead the blind, they both shall fall into the pit.’ If you would guide others into the kingdom, you must yourselves walk in the clear light of living truth. In all the business of the kingdom I exhort you to show just judgment and keen wisdom. Present not that which is holy to dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample your gems under foot and turn to rend you.

(1571.6) 140:3.19 “I warn you against false prophets who will come to you in sheep’s clothing, while on the inside they are as ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit, but the corrupt tree bears evil fruit. A good tree cannot yield evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is presently hewn down and cast into the fire. In gaining an entrance into the kingdom of heaven, it is the motive that counts. My Father looks into the hearts of men and judges by their inner longings and their sincere intentions.

(1571.7) 140:3.20 “In the great day of the kingdom judgment, many will say to me, ‘Did we not prophesy in your name and by your name do many wonderful works?’ But I will be compelled to say to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me you who are false teachers.’ But every one who hears this charge and sincerely executes his commission to represent me before men even as I have represented my Father to you, shall find an abundant entrance into my service and into the kingdom of the heavenly Father.”

(1571.8) 140:3.21 Never before had the apostles heard Jesus speak in this way, for he had talked to them as one having supreme authority. They came down from the mountain about sundown, but no man asked Jesus a question.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:18 PM

(1570.12) 140:3.11 Happy are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:16 AM

(1570.14) 140:3.13“You are the light of the world. A city set upon a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and be led to glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:27 AM

And the question becomes: Is the fact of Jesus divinity more important to the human race than his life and teachings?


While his divinity shouldn't overshadow his teachings, it lends credibility to his teachings.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience. -
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